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Music Teacher at a Music School

Nicoya, Costa Rica

If you love music, play an instrument and love to teach - then you are in demand in a music school!

About the Program

This school exists since 2008 in Nicoya and is supported by SINEM (Sistema Nacional de Educación Nacional). Here the children learn first of all classic and traditional music - but, depending on your skills, the school is also open for workshops in Jazz or Rock music. Local cultural organizations are helping the school buying instruments and offering rooms for rehearsal. There are actually around 600 students from 4-19 years but there are only very few teachers that get paid – mostly the students teach each other.

You are welcome to teach the students and also to join the rehearsals of the orchestra - maybe you can also play with the orchestra in events. If you cannot bring your own instrument the school can lend one - please contact us before.

Our Volunteers

Usually our volunteers can play an orchestral instrument like a violin, a cello, a contrabass, a trumpet, a flute or a saxophone...just to name a few! Our volunteers should like it to work with children. They should speak a minimum level of Spanish, (otherwise it's difficult to teach the children music). Volunteers have the opportunity to attend Spanish classes in Costa Rica to improve their Spanish skills. 

Your Location

The school is located in Nicoya, near the northwest pacific coast of Costa Rica in Guanacaste.

Typical day

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule is - as in all school programs - very flexible and due to the actual needs of the school and the period of the year. The school usually has classes in the afternoons. The school is open all-year and during the school holidays there will be holiday programs for the children!

Your Tasks

You can expect to take part in the following tasks:

  • Teaching and supervision of the children
  • Be part of orchestral concerts
  • Work and help at special events

Details on Arrival

This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts. Your family will welcome you already on Friday before your project starts.  

Free-time activities

Nicoya is about 45 min with the bus from Sámara on the pacific coast where you have all the leisure time possibilities that you can dream of: swimming, diving, kayaking, surfing, horse riding .... 

In Nicoya there are a lot of cultural activities that you can join. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School graduation level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You need to play an instrument and you should be able to teach your instrument in Spanish - and therefore have some technical vocabulary.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Suitable for

Singles

Any questions? Just ask. We at first hand Costa Rica are happy to help you.

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Services by first hand Costa Rica
  • Accommodation 
  • Food and drinks
  • Assistance
  • We organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!)
Accommodation

You will be living with a family in Nicoya and you will have your own room (maybe shared with another volunteer).

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

 You'll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the family based on the tipical Costarican diet, for example rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,120.00
5 weeks
$1,280.00
6 weeks
$1,440.00
7 weeks
$1,600.00
9 weeks
$1,920.00
11 weeks
$2,240.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,320.00
Average fees
$230.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nicoya/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. first hand Costa Rica will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with first hand Costa Rica during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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